Well with a little push from my friend Janelle at Emmaline Bags & Patterns. I have decided to jump into the Sew-vivor auditions.
So I came up with a new pattern for a tote to hold my Kobo (and also my dream of a perfect tote to put my iPad mini in.) That is of course just a dream, sadly to say I don't have a iPad mini. It is so great to have a safe place to put it just in case, one shows up for Mother's Day or something. (Yes it is a suggest in case my DH is reading this.)
In my case many colours of polka dots, the funniest one having text that says "recycle where facilities exist". I laughed when I saw the symbol fit perfectly into my dot size. Well if I was going to reuse/up-cycle items for this tote, I should try to reuse pretty much everything I could think of. Plastic bags became the fabric, an old car seat belt became the strap for it (that way it is adjustable from on the shoulder to over body). I did use cotton duck, felt, thread, magnetic closures, and interfacing that were all new to ensure good structure for the bag.
I use to make fused plastic material years ago and then sew up bags - heck I also use to make up plarn (yarn derived from plastic bags) and crochet up bags with that as well. I was known to do that, so hence my piles of plastic bags that people use to give me. I have since gotten stronger and said no more plastic bags. So my stash is getting smaller, which is a good thing. I have even folded them nice and neat and placed them in boxes so they take up less room.
I have written up two tutorials, one How To Make Plastic Fabric, and one How To Sew With Plastic Fabric. So get out your bags and irons and go to town and see what you can come up with. The skies the limit or is it more your plastic stash is your limit.